One Thought: Breathe

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Going to start a channel here to organize different thoughts on improvement and growth. Welcome to the inaugural One Thought!

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy filling every nook and cranny of the calendar with dinners, excursions, etc.  While that can be a great way to expand your friend group or try new things, each wonderful ambitions alone, it can be a choking hazard on your own life and happiness.  Making time for others takes away time from yourself and in the end, that is what keeps you going.

On one of those rare weekends when time to breathe miraculously does appear, don’t be wary of the emptiness by filling it in with a last-second wine and paint night.  Take a walk.  Or a run.  Read a book.  Or write one.  And most importantly, breathe.

First Step – Thailand

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Hi all!

It’s been a while, hope you’ve all had a great holiday and new year!  I’d like to continue this time in our conversation about Thailand.  More specifically, I want to talk about first steps, fear, and reaching goals.  When I think about my fears, I tend to stop thinking about my fears shortly thereafter by avoiding the topic.  This is the same way I handled the thought of traveling alone, avoiding the thought.

I’ve had the desire to travel alone but never had enough motivation or passion to take the next step.  Why?  Because it was different and I didn’t know what the first step was.  I was afraid of the unknown.  This fear is the source of countless cases of procrastination, failed goals, and frightened children (and some particularly brave adults) worrying about what monsters are under their bed.

The best way to handle this is actually the simplest way, take one step.  Think about this example.  If you want to wake up earlier in the morning what do you do?  First set your alarm, second don’t hit snooze.  So what did I do to get past the fear of traveling?  Take the first step, buy a nonrefundable ticket.  I didn’t have any plans but I definitely made them after buying the ticket.

The point is it really can take just one step to make a huge difference in others and our own lives.  So take a chance, buy that ticket, and shine a flashlight on those pesky monsters under the bed once and for all.

Stay happy!

Taka

New Kid On The Block

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Hello there!

Welcome to the inaugural post on this somehow already world famous blog!  A little bit about myself, I’m a twenty something (24) stranger who loves people, new places, and doing things.  Ok, I’m a being a bit vague with that, this is my first go, give me a break!  I’m actually an accountant from New Jersey, which automatically makes my life shitty.  That’s a little something for those of you who’ve watched The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.  But surprisingly, life isn’t that bad!  Other than being an accountant, I’m also an avid traveler who would love to see every continent thoroughly by the time I’ve called it quits.  Lastly, I’m also a foolish runner who thinks he can actually finish a marathon in less than 2 hours.  That may have a slightly lower chance of happening, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try!

So at this point, you’re probably wondering why you’re reading a blog from this runner, accountant, traveler from New Jersey.  While I’d love to think it’s because you just love hearing my voice, I’m no fool.  I’m actually here to share tips on running, traveling, and money savviness that I’ve learned in my days.  I may not be able to shape you into a champion marathoner, expert world traveler, or Warren Buffet, but I will try my very hardest to do each of these things, whether you have any interest in becoming Warren Buffet or not (if not, I would like a long and thorough explanation WHY NOT).

That’s all I have to start out on this lovely extended Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s lots more to come with the next post being about my most recent trip to Thailand for two weeks.  Don’t miss it!

Stay happy!

TK